like Manaus, is a jumping-off point for those seeking
Amazon adventures, and also one of Brazil's busiest ports
-- about 60 miles upriver from the Atlantic Ocean. The
river is the Para, part of the greater Amazon river system,
and the city is built on a number of small islands intersected
by channels and other rivers.
One part of Belem contains modern skyscrapers and the
other part, the colonial section, has charming tree-filled
squares, churches, and traditional blue tiles.
Belem is a hot and rainy city with very high humidity.
The equatorial climate means little variance from day
to day, but the wettest months are between January and
The market is on the dock and one of the largest in Brazil.
It was designed and built in England and assembled in
Belem. Here you'll find plenty of fresh fruits, plants,
and fish, and also medicinal herbs and potions, alligator
and crocodile body parts, and anaconda snakes.
The city has several good museums and restaurants and
several distinctive buildings and colorful colonial structures,
some with ornate iron gates.
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The small villages along the river between Belem and
Manaus give a good view of river life, so even a short
boat visit to these communities is worth your while.